Hamilton fastest in drizzly Silverstone FP3

Published on 15 Jul 2017 11:45
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Lewis Hamilton gave his home fans something to smile about on Saturday morning at Silverstone as he topped what became a soggy Free Practice 3 for the British Grand Prix. His best lap time was a 1:28.063, 0.032s faster than that achieved by his title rival Sebastian Vettel, whose Ferrari slotted into second.

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who will be hit by a five-place gearbox penalty for the race, was third, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth, Nico Hulkenberg an impressive fifth and Daniel Ricciardo - who will also be demoted five grid spots - in sixth.

Romain Grosjean improved to seventh in his Haas with his Carbon Industrie brakes - his team-mate Kevin Magnussen was forced to change to Brembo early in the session - whilst Max Verstappen was eighth as the first driver on the Soft tyre. Felipe Massa took ninth for Williams with another dependable showing, whilst Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top ten for McLaren.

His own team-mate Fernando Alonso was eleventh, followed by Esteban Ocon in twelfth and the aforementioned Magnussen thirteenth with his new brakes. Jolyon Palmer was fourteenth, again struggling to match team-mate Hulkenberg, with Sergio Perez a distant fifteenth and the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz sixteenth and seventeenth. Pascal Wehrlein was the lead Sauber in eighteenth, directly ahead of team-mate Marcus Ericsson, while Lance Stroll's Williams was a surprise last - he will be hoping to improve in qualifying.

 

Mason Hawker


15 July 2017 - Grand Prix of Great Britain - Free practice 3
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.063 18
2. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.095 +0.032 14
3. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.137 +0.074 20
4. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.732 +0.669 15
5. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:29.480 +1.417 14
6. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:29.612 +1.549 15
7. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:29.819 +1.756 14
8. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:29.904 +1.841 13
9. BR Felipe Massa Williams 1:29.959 +1.896 19
10. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:30.088 +2.025 19
11. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:30.138 +2.075 17
12. FR Esteban Ocon Force India 1:30.172 +2.109 19
13. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:30.270 +2.207 15
14. GB Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:30.302 +2.239 16
15. MX Sergio Perez Force India 1:30.416 +2.353 16
16. RU Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:30.504 +2.441 20
17. ES Carlos Sainz jr Toro Rosso 1:30.515 +2.452 19
18. DE Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:30.621 +2.558 24
19. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:30.630 +2.567 24
20. CA Lance Stroll Williams 1:31.358 +3.295 18
 
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